Dysfunctional drama

QuantUM Entertainment, Hurricane Productions’ student-run theater group, will be presenting playwright Nicky Silver’s eccentric dark comedy, “Fat Men in Skirts,” this Friday through Sunday.

The play is described by Silver as “a love story, albeit a rather unconventional one,” about a mother and son who are stranded on a desert island after a plane crash. As years pass on the island, measures for survival quickly become drastic. Upon returning home after being rescued from the island, they discover their philandering filmmaker husband and father is truly absurd.

“It’s a crazy show; sometimes you want to laugh, sometimes you just cringe and want to look away,” said junior Stephanie Wesdock, production manager of the show.

The show revolves around a maladjusted family and explores human fragility under extreme conditions. The situations encountered by the Hogan family during the chain of events in “Fat Men in Skirts” allow for an exhilarating and shockingly funny theatrical experience.

What does the bizarre title have to do with the show?

“The play has nothing to do with fat men in skirts per say, but it does have everything to do with the pink elephant in the room that everyone is ignoring,” said junior Sarah Zemach, who is directing the play.

Performances will run Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. in the School of Communication courtyard. The show is free for all University of Miami students and $10 for everyone else. “Fat Men in Skirts” promises to be a darkly hilarious night of theater.

“I think the show is worth seeing because unconsciously or consciously we all have the desire to watch the drama of a more dysfunctional family than our own,” Zemach said. “And this family is definitely one of the most dysfunctional you will ever see.”

Rebecca Falcon may be contacted at rfalcon@themiamihurricane.com.


“Fat Men in Skirts”

Where: School of Communication courtyard

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Cost: $10 general admission, free for students

April 20, 2010


Rebecca Falcon

Contributing EDGE Writer

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